Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gudloysi, kvinnan og sjálvsvirði?

Troytt/ur av at hoyra gudloysingar og religiónskritikkarir útpensla kristna samfelagið, sum eina serstaka samfelags zonu fyri diskriminering, sexuellar skandalir, kynsligan ágang og møguligari neyðtøku?

Ein rættur hugburður vildi ivaleyst havt við sær, at slík bøllmennir sum síggja kvinnuna sum eitt vrøvlhøvd og sextól, ivaleyst eru at finna og trívast allastaðni.

Dømi niðanfyri er mær vitandi ein ateist, Rebecca Watson, sum tordi at stíga fram og siga frá sínari egnu ringu uppliving millum ateistar og harvið staðfesta, at omanfyri nevnda mytan, er minst líka og kanska meiri verulig í tí gudleysa samfelagnum.

Ein slíkur skal sjálvandi ansa sær! Tað at Rebacca yvirhøvur dittaði sær, at verða opin og sjálvkritisk í ateistiskum høpið, hevði við sær at sjálvur høvuðspresturin Richard Dawkins, má seta kvinnuna og hennara so kallaða grenj uppá pláss.

Ella soleiðis upplivdi Rebecca Watson tað í hvussu er (hvør eri so eg ella onkur annar at tala ímóti):
When I first got involved with the skeptics, I thought I had found my people—a community that enjoyed educating the public about science and critical thinking. The sense of belonging I felt was akin, I imagine, to what other people feel at church. (I wouldn’t exactly know—like most skeptics, I’m an atheist.) I felt we were doing important work: making a better, more rational world and protecting people from being taken advantage of. At conventions, skeptic speakers and the audience were mostly male, but I figured that was something we could balance out with a bit of hard work and good PR.
Then women started telling me stories about sexism at skeptic events, experiences that made them uncomfortable enough to never return. At first, I wasn’t able to fully understand their feelings as I had never had a problem existing in male-dominated spaces. But after a few years of blogging, podcasting, and speaking at skeptics’ conferences, I began to get emails from strangers who detailed their sexual fantasies about me. I was occasionally grabbed and groped without consent at events. And then I made the grave

mistake of responding to a fellow skeptic’s YouTube video in which he stated that male circumcision was just as harmful as female genital mutilation (FGM). I replied to say that while I personally am opposed to anynon-medical genital mutilation, FGM is often much, much more damaging than male circumcision.
The response from male atheists was overwhelming. This is one example:
“honestly, and i mean HONESTLY.. you deserve to be raped and tortured and killed. swear id laugh if i could”I started checking out the social media profiles of the people sending me these messages, and learned that they were often adults who were active in the skeptic and atheist communities. They were reading the same blogs as I was and attending the same events. These were “my people,” and they were the worst.
Thinking the solution was to educate the community, I started giving talks about the areas where feminism and skepticism overlap. I encouraged audiences to get involved with issues like ending FGM, fighting the anti-woman pseudoscience of the religious right, and aiding those branded as “witches” in rural African villages.
In June of 2011, I was on a panel at an atheist conference in Dublin. The topic was “Communicating Atheism,” and I was excited to join Richard Dawkins, one of the most famous atheists in the world, with several documentaries and bestselling books to his name. Dawkins used his time to criticize Phil Plait, an astronomer who the year prior had given a talk in which he argued for skeptics to be kinder. I used my time to talk about what it’s like for me to communicate atheism online, and how being a woman might affect the response I receive, as in rape threats and other sexual comments.
The audience was receptive, and afterward I spent many hours in the hotel bar discussing issues of gender, objectification, and misogyny with other thoughtful atheists. At around 4 a.m., I excused myself, announcing that I was exhausted and heading to bed in preparation for another day of talks.
As I got to the elevator, a man who I had not yet spoken with directly broke away from the group and joined me. As the doors closed, he said to me, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I find you very interesting. Would you like to come back to my hotel room for coffee?” I politely declined and got off the elevator when it hit my floor.
A few days later, I was making a video about the trip and I decided to use that as an example of how not to behave at conferences if you want to make women feel safe and comfortable. After all, it seemed rather obvious to me that if your goal is to get sex or even just companionship, the very worst way to go about attaining that goal is to attend a conference, listen to a woman speak for 12 hours about how uncomfortable she is being sexualized at conferences, wait for her to express a desire to go to sleep, follow her into an isolated space, and then suggest she go back to your hotel room for “coffee,” which, by the way, is available at the hotel bar you just left.
What I said in my video, exactly, was, “Guys, don’t do that,” with a bit of a laugh and a shrug. What legions of angry atheists apparently heard was, “Guys, I won’t stop hating men until I get 2 million YouTube comments calling me a ‘cunt.’ ” The skeptics boldly rose to the imagined challenge.
Even Dawkins weighed in. He hadn’t said anything while sitting next to me in Dublin as I described the treatment I got, but a month later he left this sarcastic comment on a friend’s blog:
Dear Muslima
Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and … yawn … don't tell me yet again, I know you aren't allowed to drive a car, and you can't leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you'll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.
Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep"chick", and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn't lay a finger on her, but even so …
And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.
Dawkins’ seal of approval only encouraged the haters. My YouTube page and many of my videos were flooded with rape “jokes,” threats, objectifying insults, and slurs. A few individuals sent me hundreds of messages, promising to never leave me alone. My Wikipedia page was vandalized. Graphic photos of dead bodies were posted to my Facebook page.
Les meir: 


Viðkomandi kjak og viðmerkingar millum ateistar kunnu lesast her:


Millum annað:
I learned mcuh about evolution from Richard Dawkins books. Also, he writes as if he believed in the equality of women in several places in his books. His behavior however suggests otherwise.I am grateful for the evolutionary knowledge, but he’s still an influential asshole who is now part of the problem.
I think Dawkins is a wonderful humans being, but far from perfect. Like so many cultural giants before him, he has deep flaws that have been laid bare. Kennedy was a womanizing bastard, but did help propel women’s rights. I’m not excusing any behavior, though. There is never any excuse to treat half the population as sex toys, no matter how much respect you have for such toys.
 I vehemently disagree with him on this issue, and many more I’m sure. He has disappointed me. If he refuses hear reason, then it is perhaps best he be removed from speaking lists and allowed to fade into myth. But despite these serious and rather ignorant tweets and statements, I don’t think he can be demoted from his incredible importance in bring atheism, freethought, and humanism to the height it is now. Despite his flaws, I respect most of his previous career.